Andrew J. Streifel is a Hospital Environment Specialist with the Department of Environmental Health & Safety at the University of Minnesota. He is a registered Environmental Health Specialist in Minnesota. He is currently serving on the Maintenance Committee for the SSPC 170: ASHRAE Standard for Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.
Mr. Streifel is also serving on the revision committee for the 2010 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. He has served on this committee since 1994 and has participated in the development of the 1996, 2001, and 2006 & 2010 editions.
Mr. Streifel has served on the Special Project committee that authored the HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics. He was an author on ASHRAE published articles on Ventilation for the Protection of Immune Compromised Patients-1988, Construction Impact on Indoor Air Quality-1995 and Air Leakage Analysis of Special Ventilation Hospital Rooms-2008. Mr. Streifel has assisted the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology & School of Public Health as technical advisor on filtration, patient room airflow studies and particle management projects. He also serves on the National Air Duct Cleaners Association Standards Committee. In addition, he is an author in over 50 articles, published in the academic and professional journals, related to ventilation and water quality in health care. Mr. Streifel was invited to join the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and has been an invited speaker to four SHEA annual meetings.
During work as a health care consultant, he has been involved in the investigation of over 60 clusters of infection related to hospital air quality. He has served as a consultant in over 400 hospitals worldwide on a variety of indoor air quality issues and water microbial contamination, and has investigated clusters of bacterial infections due to unsanitary clinical practice. His current research interests involve sanitation validation and ventilation optimization without compromising safety in healthcare facilities.